A former Tasmanian man has described his escape from a fiery plane crash in Burma.

One passenger died and a motorcyclist on the ground was killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames near Heho airport on Christmas Day.

Stuart Benson and his South Australian partner Anna Bartsch were among more than 60 passengers who survived.

Speaking from Rangoon, Mr Benson says most passengers did not realise the plane was in trouble until it collided with trees and powerlines and its engines burst into flames.

"Obviously some scared people involved, but people did manage to keep it together and I'd always anticipated if you were in a crash environment like that people would just go to pieces and it would a bit of a free for all to actually get out," he said.

"But it was pretty orderly and with some encouraging words people managed to keep it together and get out pretty quick."

Mr Benson was one of the first passengers to get out.

"We were amongst the first maybe 15 people off the plane just through being particularly motivated, being up the back of the plane and seeing all the flames that we needed to get out pretty quick," he said.

"People further up were fairly stunned and not sure what to do."

The couple expect to fly back to Australia today.

 

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